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TEP Talk: How do we Close the Writing Gap in the Classroom? with Alex Quigley

Event code SCH 22/767 
Event description Alex explores the current writing challenges facing our pupils, including the potential impact of the pandemic on writing. He shares compelling evidence and crucial strategies that can be applied in classrooms across primary classrooms. From handwriting, spelling, teaching the writing process, sentence variation approaches, Alex brings a wealth of practical strategies to close the gap.

Alex’s books and prolific blogs explore how, with the increased demands of an academic curriculum, closing the gap between ‘word rich’ students and ‘word poor’ could provide the vital difference between school failure and success. He expertly weaves academic research with practical classroom observations and suggestions. Even more pertinent currently – as children return to school and the vocabulary and reading gap of the most disadvantaged has undoubtedly increased.

Alex Quigley is a successful author of books for teachers, including 'Closing the Writing Gap' and 'Closing the Vocabulary Gap'. He has been a teacher for over fifteen years and now works at a national charity focused on breaking the link between parental income & pupil attainment. Alex is also a columnist for TES and Teach Secondary magazine.

This session will run as an interactive Zoom session. Delegates will be sent the link no later than 24 hours before the start date. Please ensure you are able to access Zoom at least 1 hour prior to the session. Please note that these are not recorded and therefore not available to watch at a later date and delegates need to attend as a live session.

If you have not received the link, please do not hesitate to contact us on 03301 651000.

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Subject areas English / Leadership & Management / Primary SI Training Package
Target audience
Deputy Head / Leadership Team / Managers / Senior Leaders / Subject Leaders
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Zoom course, use own computer, XXX XXX map
Training Provider The Education People - Standards and School Improvement Primary
Admin contact Joanne Hawker (
Anna McGrath
Part of SLA? Yes
SLA(s) Primary Training Package
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Number of credits 6
Funding information £60 or 6 credits per delegate
20% VAT will be added at the point of invoice
Start date Tuesday 4 October 2022
Times 16:00-17:15
Number of sessions 1